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Catholics vs. Khakis highlights college football Saturday schedule

Also, a compelling Pac-12 After Dark game of contrasting styles.

NCAA Football: Michigan at Notre Dame Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

While a lot of people don’t love the idea of the Ohio State Buckeyes playing a bunch of 12 noon ET games, it sure helps open up the rest of the day for college football watching. The Buckeyes will be kicking the day off on FOX in the rain at The Horseshoe today against the No. 13 Wisconsin Badgers.

From there, it’s not the prettiest slate of college football action, but there is at least something of interest in each of the other windows to keep you glued to your couch and the TV.

12 noon ET Window

With the Buckeyes and the Badgers playing on FOX, there’s nothing worth flipping to, or having on a second screen during the early afternoon window. Although, I will be keeping an eye on Rutgers, to see if in the 150th year of college football, they can loss at home to Liberty. B1G! B1G! B1G!

Afternoon Window

No. 9 Auburn Tigers at No. 2 LSU Tigers | 3:30 p.m. ET | CBS

How incompetent is the SEC to allow two teams to have the same mascot/nickname? Either way it will be a battle of stripped cats down in the bayou this afternoon as Gus Malzahn brings in his Auburn team in hopes of derailing Coach O and Joe Burrow’s LSU crew.

A win for Auburn would give them a huge jolt in national prominence, while also keeping them alive in the race for the SEC West championship, with the Iron Bowl looming at the end of the season.

For LSU, a victory today would be another feather in their caps as they build an impressive resume for the College Football Playoff committee to consider, even if they lose to Alabama on Nov. 9 and don’t make the SEC Championship game.

It’s for that reason that I’m pulling for the Tigers from The Plains to win, and make it a little more difficult for LSU to be a second team to make the CFP from the SEC; although, I personally think that LSU will end up beating Alabama in two week’s time.

No. 6 Penn State Nittany Lions at Michigan State | 3:30 p.m. ET | ABC

If Ohio State escapes the Badgers today like I think they will (my official prediction is 38-17 Buckeyes), OSU will have three weeks of byes before they play PSU (technically its one bye then Maryland and Rutgers). We’ve seen what Michigan State is able to do on defense, and what they aren’t able to do on offense. This game should give us another measuring stick in determining just how good the Nittany Lions are this season (I think that they are very good).

Evening Window

No. 8 Notre Dame at No. 19 Michigan | 7:30 p.m. ET | ABC

The Catholics vs. the Khakis, the game in which I root for both teams to lose. or at least for the game to somehow root in a 0-0 tie. Tonight’s game won’t have much of an impact on the national landscape, but t will have major implications for the outlook for these teams moving forward. If Notre Dame wins, they hold on to a slim hope of sneaking into the College Football Playoff. For Michigan, a third L on the season would be a disastrous turn for Jim Harbaugh’s crew. With losable games against Michigan State, Indiana (yes, Indiana), and of course Ohio State, a 8-4 — or even 7-5 — regular season would bring on a cascade of calls to replace the Michigan Man at the top of the program. You hate to see it.

Pac-12 After Dark Window

Washington State Cougars at No. 11 Oregon Ducks

Any game featuring Mike Leach’s bonkers passing attack is generally entertaining to watch, but when you combine it with the Pac-12’s best passing defense, something’s gotta give.

Wazzu comes in as the most productive passing team in the country, averaging 440.7 yards through the air per game. On the flip side, the Ducks are allowing on 178.6 yards through the air.

Before defeating Colorado 41-10 last week, the Cougs had lost three straight, but had put up a combined 110 points in those losses; on the season the Quack Attack has allowed just 83 points in seven games. This should be a worthwhile Pac-12 After Dark game of contrasting styles.

Check out the complete Saturday college football schedule:

Week 9 Saturday College Football Schedule

Matchup Time (ET) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (ET) TV Streaming
#13 Wisconsin at #3 Ohio State 12:00 PM FOX
#5 Oklahoma at Kansas State 12:00 PM ABC
#20 Iowa at Northwestern 12:00 PM ESPN2
#21 Appalachian State at South Alabama 12:00 PM ESPNU
Miami at Pittsburgh 12:00 PM ESPN
San Jose State at Army 12:00 PM CBSSN
Mississippi State at Texas A&M 12:00 PM SEC Network
Illinois at Purdue 12:00 PM BTN
Liberty at Rutgers 12:00 PM BTN
Bowling Green at Western Michigan 12:00 PM ESPN3
Southern Mississippi at Rice 1:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Nevada at Wyoming 2:00 PM AT&T Sportsnet
Ohio at Ball State 2:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Western Kentucky at Marshall 2:30 PM None Facebook
New Mexico State at Georgia Southern 3:00 PM ESPN3
#9 Auburn at #2 LSU 3:30 PM CBS
#6 Penn State at Michigan State 3:30 PM ABC
#15 Texas at TCU 3:30 PM FOX
Maryland at #17 Minnesota 3:30 PM ESPN
Oklahoma State at #23 Iowa State 3:30 PM FS1
UConn at UMass 3:30 PM NESN
North Texas at Charlotte 3:30 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Florida International at Middle Tennessee 3:30 PM NFL
Florida Atlantic at Old Dominion 3:30 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Syracuse at Florida State 3:30 PM ESPN2
Virginia at Louisville 3:30 PM ACC Network
Arizona at Stanford 3:30 PM Pac-12 Networks
Indiana at Nebraska 3:30 PM BTN
Tulane at Navy 3:30 PM CBSSN
Central Michigan at Buffalo 3:30 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Eastern Michigan at Toledo 3:30 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Miami (OH) at Kent State 3:30 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Akron at Northern Illinois 3:30 PM ESPN3
South Florida at East Carolina 12:45 PM ESPNU
Hawai'i at New Mexico 4:00 PM Spectrum Sports Facebook
Duke at North Carolina 4:00 PM ACCNX
South Carolina at Tennessee 4:00 PM SEC Network
Arkansas at #1 Alabama 7:00 PM ESPN
Texas Tech at Kansas 7:00 PM FS1
UCF at Temple 7:00 PM ESPN2
Memphis at Tulsa 7:00 PM CBSSN
Texas State at Arkansas State 7:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Troy at Georgia State 7:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Boston College at #4 Clemson 7:30 PM ACC Network
#8 Notre Dame at #19 Michigan 7:30 PM ABC
#24 Arizona State at UCLA 7:30 PM Pac-12 Networks
Colorado State at Fresno State 7:30 PM ESPNU
Missouri at Kentucky 7:30 PM SEC Network
Louisiana Tech at UTEP 8:00 PM ESPN3
California at #12 Utah 10:00 PM FS1
Utah State at Air Force 10:15 PM ESPN2
Washington State at #11 Oregon 10:30 PM ESPN
San Diego State at UNLV 10:30 PM CBSSN